Monday, March 28, 2016

Meal Plan Monday: Rachel Ray Everyday Mag

Last week I had a MUCH needed break from work and had a ladies trip to CA for Emma's Spring break. On the flight home I bought the Rachael Ray every day magazine (the April 2016 issue) to stay on top of my meal planning game!

Here is what is on tap for the week!

  • Easter Dinner at the Army Navy Country Club... HAPPY EASTER! 
  •  Farefalle with Pancetta, Peas and Grana Padano (p.76) 
  •  Baked fish with Esarole, Wine and Herbs (p.82) 
  • Detroit Coney Dogs (p.79) 
  • Italian Sausage Chili (p.93) 
  • Turkey Burgers with Poutine (p.18) 
  • LUNCH: Asparagus, Goat Cheese and Pancetta Pizza (p.30 )  
Interested in seeing how this week goes and on the plus side I'm only out of town two nights this week and we are ending the week with Gibson's second birthday party!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Meal Planning: The Quick Six Fix (Part Two)

I'm extremely excited to be cooking from The Quick Six Fix again this week! To see what I made last week be sure to visit HERE

And for this week...

  • Angel Hair, Shrimp, Tomatoes, and Lemon (p.70)
  • BREAKFAST: Lemon Chili Avocado Toast (p.10)
  • Pork Curry in a Hurry (p.128)
  • Bacon, Kale, and Tomato Soup (p.51) 
  •  Jumbo Shrimp Roll with Spicy Chili Butter (p.101)
  • Crispy Fingerling Fries (p. 166) and Blender Aioli (p.168)
  • Pizza Night for my boys! Emma and I will be on the way to CA for her spring break!
  • S'Mores 2.0 (p.207) 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Quick Six Fix Recap

This week I LOVED cooking from The Quick Six Fix cookbook by Stuart O'Keeffe.

MONDAY: Chicken Risotto (p.106) -- 

For this first dish I set that timer for 6 minutes and true to the claim I only had 6 minutes of prep work! The dish called for chicken but could also work with scallops or shrimp. I also felt that the  total cook time, between the cooking of the chicken and the risotto, was about 40 minutes... not the 30 minutes claimed BUT well worth it!

TUESDAY: Ten-Minute Coconut Shrimp Curry (p.93) -- 

SUPER easy recipe that I will make MANY more times! In fact I plan to always have the ingredients for this dish on-hand as it would make an easy meal to make when time is short on a busy weekday. I left out the mushrooms (we are not a mushroom family) and I would add snowpeas next time.

WEDNESDAY: Cider Pork with Broccolini (p.131) --

Ahhh the glaze on this dish is killer! Next time, I would even add a few figs and try it with fig jam as opposed to the raspberry jelly. Great just the way it is but I like to mix things up sometimes!

THURSDAY: Pizza Night!  

FRIDAY: Port-Marinated Skirt Steak with Roasted Grape Tomatoes (p.148), Velvety Smooth Mash (p.165, Chorizo Roasted Brussels Sprouts (p.185) 

We had friends over for dinner and everything was yummy. The only thing that I was slightly on the fence about was the addition of chorizo in the Brussels Sprouts. Just not my jam I'm more of a bacon girl!

SATURDAY: BREAKFAST: Speedy Gonzales Eggs (p.13)  

Another great dish! Just added some Avocado on top. Also, would NEVER, on my own, add crushed tortilla chips into scrambled eggs but, guess what people, it works! 

Didn't cook dinner tonight because well... I had a tub to hang out in with a few of my favorite peeps..

SUNDAY: Cider-Braised Chicken (p.114), Creamed Brussels Sprouts (p.186)

The Chicken dish was really great. I added some whole wheat pasta as a starch. For the pasta, after it was cooked and drained I put it back into the pan and added two spoonfuls of the reduced leek sauce, for a little favor.

For the Creamed Brussels Sprouts... the only word needed is PERFECTION. I added a 1/2 Cup MORE of the heavy cream, that is called for, and reduced it down for an extra 5 more minutes. I wanted the dish to be extra creamy. Emma was even a fan and she HATES brussels sprouts.

So that was the week... and I've enjoyed the cookbook so much that I plan to cook a few more recipes from it again this upcoming week! Check back in tomorrow to see what the plan is!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Meal Planning: The Quick Six Fix

A high school friend recently tagged me in a post about The Quick Six Fix Cookbook by Stuart O'Keeffe.

As the cover boasts the cookbook includes "100 No-Fuss, Full-Flavor Recipes." The concept is that each recipe calls for SIX, or fewer, ingredients (outside of staples) with SIX minutes of prep and SIX minutes of clean-up.

Full disclosure, I was all set to cook from a different book this week and has planned out my menu... that was UNTIL The Quick Six Fix showed up at my house. The second I flipped through the pages I knew that I had to get cooking!!! Here is what is on the menu for this week:

  • Chicken Risotto (p.106)
  • Ten-Minute Coconut Shrimp Curry (p.93) 
  • Cider Pork with Broccolini (p.131)
  • Crispy Fingerling Fries (p.166) with a Blender Aioli (p.168)
  • BREAKFAST: Blueberry Kick Smoothie (p.20) 
  • Cider-Braised Chicken (p.114)
  • Creamed Brussels Sprouts
  • BREAKFAST: Lemon Chili Avocado Toast (p.10) 
  • Port-Marinated Skirt Steak with Roasted Grape Tomatoes (p.148)
  • Velvety Smooth Mash (p.165)
  • Chorizo Roasted Brussels Sprouts (p.185)

  • BREAKFAST: Speedy Gonzales Eggs (p.13)  
  • Angel Hair, Shrimp, Tomatoes, and Lemon (p.70)
  • S'Mores 2.0 (p.207) 
  • Black and White Croissant Bread Pudding (p.211) 
It was SOOOOO hard to do the menu planning because I literally wanted to cook EVERYTHING from this cookbook. If these recipes taste as good as they sound/look I will be cooking from this on a regular bases!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

March 2016 Goals

I didn't do too hot with my February Goals... in fact we are just going to pretend that month didn't even happen and just start a new with my....

  1. Return unused tile from our kitchen remodel in NOVEMBER! 
  2. Get rid of 100 items 
  3. Sign BOTH boys up for pre-school next year... how are they so big???
  4. Take Emma on an awesome Spring Break Trip to CA
  5. Dye Easter eggs and visit with the bunny
  6. Celebrate Gibson's 2nd Birthday with a small family event at home (bigger bash will be in the beginning of April)
  7. Clean out the Garage 
  8. Clean out my closet

Monday, February 29, 2016

Meal Plan Monday: Cooking light 2016 Annual Recipes

I am so excited to be cooking from Cooking Light: Annual Recipes 2016.

I cooked from this cookbook once before already, details here, and enjoyed everything. The cookbook is broken down by month so this time I'm cooking from the March section. We will not officially be in March until tomorrow but I'm out of town all week, for work, so I picked this cookbook because of the labels at the top of each recipe which outlines if a dish is Make-Ahead friendly. So important for me this week.

Here is the plan for the week (Monday - Friday are all dishes that I have already made in advance!)

  • Beef Chorizo Tacos with Cabbage Slaw (p.56) and Guacamole 
  • Quick Chicken Curry (p.63) over Brown Rice
  • One Pot Pasta with Spinach and Tomatoes (p.54)
  • Shrimp and Chicken Gumbo (p.61)
  • Leftovers
  • Chicken, Broccoli and Brown Rice Casserole (p.58)
  • Moroccan-Spiced Pork Chops with Smashed Sweet Potatoes (p.69) 
  • Lemony Green Beans (p.69) 

Saturday, February 27, 2016

8x8 Cookbook: Recap

Last week I cooked from the 8x8 Cookbook that I had been given for Christmas and I have to say that I am a hug fan.

A few times I even doubled the recipe so that we would have enough for leftovers/lunches the following day.

Here are all of the yummy dishes that I made:

MONDAY: Honey-Glazed Chicken with Root Vegetables (p.7) -- I doubled the recipe for this one and used boneless-skinless chicken thighs in place of drumsticks. SOOO perfect! This would be a great meal for company

TUESDAY: Turkey-Stuffed Zucchini (p.21) --Made this the night before up until the point where you put it in the oven. I knew that we were going to have a lot going on this afternoon so it was nice to know that the meal was mostly ready. Everyone loved this meal... It was a lot like a stuffed pepper but with yummy zucchini!

WEDNESDAY: Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders (p.27)-- Gibson had physical therapy this night so it was so easy to assemble before the therapist came and I just popped into the oven after she left... be sure to buy DILL pickles, as the recipe calls for, I accidentally bought bread and butter pickles. EWWW. Next time I would add more cheese and  use a honey mustard.

THURSDAY: Leftovers for the family while I was out saying good-bye to a friend that is taking the plunge and moving to California!

FRIDAY: Pan Roasted Pork Chops with Apples and Couscous (p.25) -- I love a combination of pork chops and apple! WINNING... I used Israeli Couscous. 

SATURDAY: Roasted Cod with Gremolata and Lemony Orzo (p.37)-- Made this when we had company. It was really yummy... forgot to take a photo though. SAD FACE... but here are some pretty flowers that I arranged for the table.

We had leftovers on Sunday to clear out our fridge before we went out of town to Colorado for the week!!! Photos from the trip tomorrow!